Clean and Compassionate

Live in line with your ethics and create sustained energy by embracing clean, compassionate living. Clean, because you’re aiming for the purest, freshest foods. Compassionate, because you’re honoring the planet and those who share it.

Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in West | Comments Off

Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon

When I eat a doughnut, it’s with the expectation that I’ll have another. And maybe one after that. And sometimes, sometimes, I’ll have—what does that make, four?—yes, sometimes I’ll eat four. What I’m saying is, I like to eat a lot of doughnuts. So I’m immediately at odds with anything that impedes my doughnut eating plan. Which is where Voodoo Doughnuts comes in, because eating more than one (actually, more than half of one) results in an unbridled sense of gluttony I generally like to avoid. When you’re eating a light,...

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Red Velvet Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Red Velvet Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada

With it’s decadent interiors and clean lines, this sweet cafe has food to match. The menu features panninis, pizettas, daily specials, and plenty of desserts. Nearly everything can be made vegan, and it’s wonderful to browse a bakery case and see vegan on tags for Red Velvet Cake and Orange Cream Torte. The Veggie Tuna Melt and Veggie Ham and Cheese are great for a quick snack. If you’re staying longer, try the Vegan Taco Salad (basic but good) with Molten Chocolate Cake for dessert. Skip the baked fries and have a salad instead;...

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Go Raw Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Go Raw Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada

I have an instant aversion to any restaurant that serves Sour Dreamor surrounds words like cheeseand beans with quotations, but I really want to like this place. With two locations, these cafes inside raw retail stores provide Las Vegas with plenty of living food options. Their menu is full of classic, comfortable dishes like burritos, salads, pastas, and burgers. I order the Mexicali Toast (Mexi pate, guacamole, salsa, sour dream, and hemp seeds) and the Traditional Pizza (buckwheat crust, “almond cheese,” basil pesto, marinara,...

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Miko’s Izakaya in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Miko’s Izakaya in Las Vegas, Nevada

This family-owned sushi bar is such a treat, I visited three times during my stay in Vegas. The owners are knowledgeable about vegan diets, and happy to recommend their favorites from the extensive vegetarian menu. Even the tempura is vegan. With choices like the Kimpira Gobo Roll (seasoned burdock root, ohba, and spicy goma sauce), the Spicy Satoimo Roll (spicy taro root with cucumber), or the Kanpyo Maki Roll (seasoned gourd), this isn’t your typical carrot-avocado-cucumber vegetarian menu. Try the Yakisoba or Ramen for a bowl of...

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Ronald’s Doughnuts in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Ronald’s Doughnuts in Las Vegas, Nevada

This unassuming donught shop is housed in a strip mall a few minutes from the Las Vegas strip. About 80% of the doughnuts are vegan, and the owners are happy to point out the shelves which hold them. With simple favorites like tiger tails, maple bars, apple fritters, and doughnuts filled with cool soy cream, most people don’t guess they’re vegan. And you’ll be surprised the prices are just like any “regular” doughnut shop; put Ronald’s in downtown and fill it with hipsters, and the doughnuts could easily...

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Sweetpea Bakery in Portland, Oregon

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Sweetpea Bakery in Portland, Oregon

Sweetpea Baking Company, part of Portland’s “vegan mini-mall” (which also comprises Herbivore Clothing, Food Fight Grocery, and Scapegoat Tattoo), is housed in an large, airy space with a view straight back through the open-concept kitchen. This view comes in handy the moment you realize that despite the huge variety and the tremendous volume (Sweetpea is also a wholesale bakery), the attention to detail and genuine contentment of the employees is still firmly intact. It’s a great thing to observe. My first bite at Sweetpea is a...

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Posa’s El Merendero – Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Posa’s El Merendero – Santa Fe, New Mexico

For vegan tamales, this is the place. The filling is simple: zucchini, squash, red pepper, green chile and corn, encased in a masa shell and steamed. If you order from the restaurant, try them smothered in red chile (it’s vegan), along with the beans and rice, which are also free of animal products. Not in Santa Fe? They also ship. If you don’t have vegan tamales locally, these are definitely worth trying. Posa’s vegan-friendly tamales Plaza Santa Fe location 3538 Zafarano #A2, near Albertsons The Factory & Restaurant...

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This Week

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This Week

I spent most of the week at the Wynn Las Vegas eating way too much amazing food. Check out the vegan menus at all of their restaurants on your next visit. David Lebovitz laments being without a kitchen during his remodel–something I can identify with–by making Sabayon with fresh strawberries. I’d ditch the egg-laden froth in favor of Whipped Coconut Cream or Cashew Chèvre. 15 Vegan Superfoods You Should Be Eating at Ecorazzi contains some of my favorites. How many are you eating regularly? The Matt and Nat Spring...

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Cook, Eat, Thrive Giveaways!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Cook, Eat, Thrive Giveaways!

Want to win a copy of Cook, Eat, Thrive: Vegan Recipes from Everyday to Exotic? I’ve got two chances for you! This week, I’ll be giving away a copy to anyone who loves to cook or eat vegan food (if you’re reading this blog, you probably fit into this category). If you want more plant-based recipes, and you’d like some in the form of this book, tell me your favorite vegan thing to cook or eat–it can be one dish, a whole meal, or anything in between. Make it good! Enter below. The winner will be chosen randomly...

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Vanilla Coconut Macaroons

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in Uncategorized, _MainPage | 1 comment

Vanilla Coconut Macaroons

It’s technically no longer Vanilla Month, but I can’t let a short February get the best of me; I have two more vanilla recipes, and my goodness, I’m going to share them! I’m often reluctant to make raw cookies, since they usually require a dehydrator. But these moist, vanilla-flecked macaroons are the simplest. And who doesn’t love a raw twist on a delicious classic cookie? Vanilla Coconut Macaroons, here you go: Vanilla Coconut Macaroons 1 dozen cookies ½ cup raw cashews ¼ cup raw agave nectar seeds scraped from...

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